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Jhabvals we have Olivia who, knewly married, moves to India when her husband Douglas gets a job there working for the British Government. Fifty years later, after hearing of her grandfathers first wife who disappeared, we meet an unnamed woman who wants to find out more about this mysterious Olivia and just what happened to her after she seemingly vanished and starts to follow her trail. What dyst so interesting about the book is how the events of both women start to mirror each other yet at the same time are completely polar experiences.

They are both in the region of Khatm and yet, with the time between them, they seem like very separate worlds and rruth that in each case Jhabvala sets the atmosphere incredibly. It is a world that bares almost no relation to the horrors her husband Douglas sees which the Nawab accepts which Jhabvala gives us occasional shocking glimpses of.

Crawford was away on tour and Douglas on his own in charge of the district. A grain merchant had died and his widow had been forced by her relatives to burn herself with him on his funeral pyre. Her step-granddaughter which seems an odd title as they never met however inhabits the poorer, if slightly more developed, Satipur.

There is the thrill of the new world and also the mystery of piecing this woman and her scandal together. I no longer change into a nightie but sleep, like an Indian woman, in a sari. It is amazing how still everything is. When Indians sleep, they really do sleep. A section in the book where the unnamed narrator takes on an heatt obligatory relationship with a fellow Englishman, Chid, who has converted and in doing so seems to prawwr developed a rapacious sex drive had me laughing a lot.


Jhabvala wants to add ruh lighter notes in a world where poverty and lepers are rife, after all for some this is the day to day and it has happy moments. It is a book that is about a country at two very different points in time, the tale of failed marriage, the mysteries of people and love in the unlikeliest of places. Many writers would have needed to write a huge novel to tell this tale, instead what we have is a book you can get lost in for a single sitting and be rewarded beyond expectation.

Its an epic distilled in a way, if thats not a cliche.

I thought it was marvellous. Have you read this and if so what did you think? Have you read any of the authors other novels? Tagged as Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. I thought both were marvelous.

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I think, at the time, they were both part of an India craze here in America brought about by The Jewel in the Crown mini-series which was broadcast on PBS about that time. That was an incredibly ungraceful sentence: This is a relatively short book Eva, not that that should make a difference but it can do and one that I think you would enjoy, it packs a punch thats for sure. I like the idea of your mini project, I am going to have to play blog catch up apols and see if you have started it.

I wonder if it was lacking the visual appeal of a screen adaptation? Hmmm maybe coming to it before the film was what did the trick for me Mary, and the fact that when I picked it up I had no expectations with it whatsoever.

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It has faded a little since reading but I still think its a captivating and interesting tale. Not a problem, I am hoping lots more people give this book a whirl. The early Man Booker winners do seem to get missed as reads now. But my interest has been piqued so I may have to look for this one. I liked going off and discovering a book that no one, that I know of, has been talking about lately.

I think talking to the judges about all things Green Carnation, then the Man Booker hype etc meant I needed an escape and I got a very refreshing one. This is on my TBR list. Made our recent stay there all the more magical. I have been recommended A Fine Balance so many times Lucy it is untrue, and I will read it, the next time I have a long weekend. I promise, or maybe as a treat over Christmas, a classic and then that too. It is definitely worth a read.


The story completely grips you and it brings to life both the Indian setting and social norms at the time completely to life. Reblogged this on post40postgrad and commented: Follow me on Twitter rpj BL.

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